For the past seven years or so my career has been a virtual one. I've worked as a Targeting Specialist in the advertising and search industry, and now as a content specialist in social media. The team I work as well as the whole of the company is completely remote.
We utilize different platforms for staying connected, through chats, emails and meetings. My current company organizes so-called coffee meetings in which they invite an employee for a chat in which they discuss not only their job, but also their work and living environment, the latter of which can be quite interesting as the company is a global one. In light of the current pandemic that we find ourselves in, these coffee chats are another source to find out what is going on in a different part of the world and how they are dealing with stress and precautions.
In the past few weeks we have seen traditional brick-and-mortar businesses both struggling and become increasingly creative to adjust to changing landscape that the COVID-19 crisis had brought. Sadly, many businesses have already had to close their doors permanently. Others have found alternative ways to conduct business. Therapist offices have been able to conduct appointments through ZOOM or Skype or another platform. Some restaurants have improved their online ordering system and/or offer curbside pick-up service. Traditional offices have set up their employees with a remote work environment. It makes me wonder, how will business be conducted after this pandemic and restrictions have been lifted?
I would think increased flexibility around remote work would be offered since this has been proven to work? I'm also considering the strain around commuting. Now online systems have been updated and improved for many businesses this may be an added way to continue doing business going forward.
One thing is clear, we are learning to look at business and jobs differently now, including the value thereof.
Peach (aka Pietje Kobus)